WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Hip hop group Public Enemy is permanently parting ways with one of its members, Flavor Flav.
- This is following Flavor Flav’s letter sent to Bernie Sanders’ team where he accuses them of using his image and trademark clock, unauthorized.
- Public enemy leader Chuck D and Flavor Flav are known to have a lot of disagreements with each other even before this issue came up.
Rapper Flavor Flav was fired by Public Enemy on Sunday, March 1st for political reasons; as Flavor Flav is having issues with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
Public Enemy released a statement regarding the matter. The group said, “Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio will be moving forward without Flavor Flav. We thank him for his years of service and wish him well.”
According to a report by Rolling Stone, the lawyer of Flavor Flav had shared a cease-and-desist letter to Sanders’ team last Friday. In the letter, it accuses the team of using the rapper’s “unauthorized likeness, image, and trademarked clock” to promote Sanders’ Los Angeles campaign rally. The letter mentioned that Flavor Flav had not in any way, endorsed any presidential candidate. Thus, calling the marketing “deceptive”.
Flavor Flav’s lawyer wrote, “While [Public Enemy leader Chuck D] is certainly free to express his political views as he sees fit ― his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy. The planned performance will only be Chuck D of Public Enemy, it will not be a performance by Public Enemy.”
Through another statement from Flavor Flav’s lawyer, the rapper accused group leader Chuck D of misleading their fans. It was stated that “Flav reached out in the interest of unity, supporting Chuck’s right to speak his mind but without unnecessarily misleading the public. Chuck may own the name Public Enemy but all you had to do was look at the masses of clock-wearing fans pouring out of the rally, to know that there is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav.”
Ultimately, Chuck D admitted, saying Flavor Flav was a “political artist” and that he “would not have a Public Enemy without a Flavor.”